We’re very excited to share the first episode of season two of our podcast, Home Truths, with designer Ini Archibong. Available wherever you download your podcasts, each week one of the biggest names in design reveals the secrets, stories and fascinating insights behind their most famous career moments.
Hosted by Livingetc’s Executive Editor Pip McCormac, for this episode he is joined by Ini Archibong, for a revealing chat about his career path, offering insight as to how he got to where he is today (listen here).
Having expected to go into business and finance, Ini felt a more creative career path calling. Tenaciously, he walked into an architect's firm off the street and asked for help - he managed to convince them to take him on as an apprentice. He then started a Kickstarter to get funding to set up his own design agency, and on his rise to the top continually asked for help and told people what he wanted to do, which led to collaborations with Se and Hermes.
His story is incredibly inspiring, about being humble enough to learn from those who can teach you, and confident enough to put your dreams out there.
And if you missed episode one, then you’re in for a treat, as award winning designer Lee Broom chats about a career that spans nearly 15 years. He reveals how he went from designing chairs in his tiny flat in Oval with one other colleague, to heading up an international brand sold all over the world. He talks about the thinking behind his groundbreaking Parquetry collection, his eye-catching show-stopping displays at Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the steps he took to grow his business into what it is today.
Episode two, featuring Linda Boronkay from Soho House, includes a revealing chat about how she overcame her imposter syndrome to work her way up at London’s biggest studios.
While Episode three includes Tom Dixon talking about going from being a rebel of the 1980s design scene to gradually working his way up to becoming the godfather figure he is today, with insight into the story behind his famous copper ball pendant.
In Episode 4, Matthew Williamson explains what happened when Kate Moss popped over to his bedsit to pick her outfit, how his relationship grew with Sienna Miller to be mutually beneficial creative partnership, what dinner at Karl Lagerfeld’s was like and why and how he made the move into interiors.
And in Episode 5, Tricia Guild shares her insight into what it’s like heading up Designers Guild for 50 years, how she made the Kings Road cool back in 1970, and the struggles she faced as a woman in business.
Then in Episode 6, Sebastian Cox tells of how he has collaborated with brands such as deVOL and Burberry, how he realised he could do something pretty smart with some fungus he found in the woods, and how he can run a practice that is both ethical and profitable at the same time.
In Episode 7, Yinka Ilori explains what it was like to work part time in a high street store to supplement his income from design, how he almost gave up in 2015 and tried door to door sales for one day, and his experience of working in an industry which is predominantly white, mostly middle class, when he himself is neither.
The final episode of Season 1 saw Athena Calderone talk about how shestruggled to find her creative groove in her 20s, and that it wasn't until she started doing up her own home that her talents began to become clear. Designed so beautifully, she was able to use it a calling card to launch herself as an influencer in the truest sense of the word, someone whose sense of style, thoughts on curation and ability to push the design envelope truly influences how so many of us decorate today.
Home Truths, sponsored by Harlequin, is an eight part podcast series, with a new episode ready to download each Monday. We have some huge stars lined up so stay tuned for more interiors inspiration and a glimpse into the thinking behind some of your favourite designs.
Episode One of Season Two of Livingetc’s brand new Podcast, Home Truths with Ini Archibong, is ready to download now, or listen here.